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FCAT "disaster" threatens contract ratification, Pasco union leader says

This week's revelation that FCAT writing scores plunged because of tougher grading criteria is threatening approval of Pasco County's tentative teacher contract agreement, United School Employees of Pasco president Lynne Webb told the School Board on Tuesday.

The contract solidifies rules governing the use of performance evaluations to set teacher pay and contract status. Student FCAT performance accounts for 50 percent of the evaluation result.

Knowing that connection to the state's "flawed system" is "going to scare people away from voting to approve that contract," Webb said.

She suggested the School Board might want to consider adopting the resolution moving around the state deploring overreliance on high-stakes testing. St. Lucie and Palm Beach school boards already have approved that resolution, which got its start in Texas before going national.

Given the "madness" that the state is seeing this week with FCAT, Webb said, it makes sense to at least look into joining the movement.

The board took no action on Webb's recommendation and made no comments.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 7:14pm]


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